This book chronicles the experiences of faculty at predominantly white higher education institutions (PWI) by centering voices of racialized faculty across North America. Drawing on Critical Race Theory and critical, feminist, and auto-ethnographic approaches, the text analyzes those narratives, situating people’s words in a landscape of institutionalized racism within higher education. In order to support newer under-represented faculty, administrators committed to supporting faculty, and doctoral students interested in a future in higher education, the book offers strategies and implications for institutional reform and anti-racist faculty organizing/survival in academia. Despite claims by university administrations about commitments to diversity, this book demonstrates otherwise, offering counter-narratives from racialized faculty members who share their struggles.
Join us for a conversation with authors Dianne Ramdeholl and Jaye Jones for a discussion on the reality of the experiences of racialized faculty at predominantly white institutions across North America and their struggles to create a new path forward.
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Dianne Ramdeholl is a Professor of adult education at SUNY Empire State College in the School for Graduate Studies. Before joining SUNY, she was a grassroots adult literacy practitioner for over twenty years, working with community-based organizations. Committed to adult education for democratic social change and justice-centered practice and research, Dianne’s work has been grounded in developing educational projects with marginalized populations. She is the author of Adult Literacy in a New Era: Reflections from the Open Book (Paradigm, 2011), an oral history study of a Freirian inspired adult literacy program in Brooklyn. She has written about race/racism in higher education and the struggles of racialized faculty and students within higher education. She is also Co-Convener of the Racialized Faculty Caucus at SUNY Empire State College.
Jaye Jones is a social worker and a former adult education program director who currently works as a student affairs administrator at CUNY and teaches in Lehman College”s Adult Degree Program. She continues to stay connected to the adult literacy field through volunteering, research and board services that focuses on Black and Brown women’s literacies and healing-centered educational practices.
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